Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) starts the program developing a compact linear electron accelerator for transportation and operation in combat conditions. Compact boosters will help sanitize where they haven’t heard of it, screen mobile cargo and remotely detonate improvised explosive devices. Probably, remote defeat of manpower and equipment will also be up to them.
According to the new Advanced Concept Compact Electron Linear-Accerator (ACCEL) program, the future linear electron accelerator should fit into a cylinder one meter long with a diameter of 40 cm.The weight of the system should not exceed 75 kg, and the beam power should be at least 35 megaelectronvolts (MeV ). Also, the system must be strong enough for transportation by any type of transport and for operation in any climatic conditions.
Note that before that, one of the most compact linear electron accelerators was created by CERN engineers in 2015 for the needs of medical imaging and radiography and its length was two meters. The military needs half the size of the installation, but with a beam of increased power.
According to DARPA, the mobile linear electron accelerator will help sterilize food and living environments in any unsanitary conditions, as well as provide disinfection in field hospitals. Also, the installation will allow you to quickly inspect goods for the presence of prohibited or hazardous substances and remotely detonate homemade weapons.
Obviously, the military will find many more uses for such a useful installation. “A powerful, compact and durable booster that could be transported by truck or airplane in harsh conditions, would provide many advantages for defense and national security.”“Said Colonel Dan” Animal “Javorsek, Program Manager for ACCEL. At the same time, military development can find application in civilian medicine and will serve the benefit of ordinary people.
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